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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Kruk, Jonathan Story Theater - Fairy Tales Children Step Into Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Children step into classic fairy tales from around the world. Master storyteller, Jonathan Kruk performs and guides, enchanting all with varied voices, skits, and kids playing a part in each tale. Favorites include; The Frog Prince, Puss in Boots, Mouse & Lion, The Firebird, Three Children and a Dragon, Liam & the Leprechaun, and the Rainbow Pony. Children don masks and Dr. Seuss hats for a finale fairy tale. Each show is theatrical, silly and spontaneous. Ideal for libraries, schools, and festivals. Ask to have selections tailored to your theme. A reading list will be provided.
$351- $500
Epstein Kravis, Anna A Fall Harvest Song & Puppetry Concert Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Colorful leaves, pumpkins, scarecrows, and harvests abound in songs and stories that include saying Thank You for a bountiful life! Program includes lots of participation, the hilarious antics of LuLu the Singing Llama, synthesizer keyboard, and lots more puppets! Children have a chance to be in the show! A perfect celebration for Fall or Thanksgiving!
$351- $500
Shimeta, Kathleen My Business is to Sing Music,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Performing Arts- Theater
Emily Dickinson’s life comes alive in "My Business is to Sing!" as the poet delves into her home life, her relationships with her family, friends and love interests. Emily reveals her innermost passion for words, acknowledging that writing and poetry are her life. Dialogue melds into song and back to dialogue as Emily reflects on her life from age 9 to 24. Much has happened to mold her into the writer she is and will be. Developed and created by Barbara Dana and Kathleen Shimeta, the dialogue is based on Ms. Dana’s book, "A Voice of Her Own." Song settings of Miss Dickinson’s poems include the works of composers Martin Hennessy, Aaron Copland, Drew Heminger, Michael Conley, Ricky Ian Gordon, Vincent Persichetti and William Roy. My Business is to Sing! is offered as a performance with Barbara Dana and Kathleen Shimeta with Martin Hennessy, pianist. The program may also be presented with two additional professional actors from the area of the performance. These two actors would play multiple characters within the dialogue. Discussion with the presenters would determine the two person or four person show.
$501- $1000
Cain, Ron Magical Workshops Other,
Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Magic
Central New York magician Ron Cain offers workshops that help young people enjoy and explore the magical world around them. Each combines class instruction with hands-on activities. IT'S MAGIC! teaches kids to perform magic with ordinary objects like cards, coins and rope. Ron's SCIENTIFIC SECRETS OF MAGIC teaches scientific principles behind the tricks of his trade. Children learn simple tricks that involve chemistry, physics, biology, psychology and math. CLOWNING AROUND shows them how to have fun with juggling, yo-yos and balloon animals. THE WORLD OF HARRY POTTER gives Hogwarts fans a chance to take magical classes and play wizard games. ENCHANTED CREATURES focuses on the folklore and legends surrounding elves, fairies, leprechauns, trolls, dragons and unicorns. MONSTEROLOGY sheds light on the seven monster families and invites students to use their imagination to create creepy creatures. A GATHERING OF GHOSTS introduces students to classic ghost stories and beliefs. THE WILD, WILD WEST lets children pretend to be cowboys (and girls) and learn about Wild Bill Hickok, Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull. A native Texan, Ron graduated from Syracuse University and took graduate classes in social studies education. He has taught at Onondaga Community College and Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES.
$201- $350
Edgecomb, Diane A Thousand Doorways: Journey Among the Kurds of Turkey Literature- Poetry,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A chance meeting with a young Kurdish refugee sets an American storyteller on a quest of danger and discovery to bring to the world the ancient legends of this oppressed culture. This is the deeply moving, richly humorous story of one woman’s journey through the remote mountains of Turkey and of the extraordinary people who shared their lives and stories with her.
$501- $1000
TheatreworksUSA, - Felix Pitre's STORIES AND SONGS OF LATIN AMERICA Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Felix Pitre shares many of the Hispanic traditions that were passed down to him from his own family, bringing to life the culture of Latin America with puppetry, stories, songs, instruments and dance, performed in English interwoven with Spanish words and phrases.
$501- $1000
Manning, Jim Star Wars Jedi Knight Training Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Other
Star Wars Jedi Knight Training is a great program for libraries to offer their younger patrons. We offer Star Wars fans a chance to interact with a real Jedi Knight. Ideal for ages 4 – 9, this interactive performance is great for both boys and girls! We lead the children through a series of challenges including Jedi Force Magic, the Laser Balloon Barrage and Jedi Teamwork culminating in an epic lightsaber duel with the Jedi Master himself.
$351- $500
TheatreworksUSA, - The Balster's Magic Productions SEASON'S GREETINGS Health & Fitness- Sports,
Performing Arts- Magic
Enjoy the magic of the season! Join Tim and Robin in a winter wonderland featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a magic elf, festive music, toy soldiers, magically appearing white doves and more.
$1001- $3000
Knight, Leonora Mini Math Music Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Children come up to perform original songs with full orchestra sound as they learn to count by 10s, 5's, have a pizza party and divide by 8, brush the little paws of their doggie and add to 4. They will count by 3's dressed as chefs from all over the world. Concert will feature Danny Kaye's "INCHWORM" and "LADYBUG PICNIC" from Sesame Street. Costumes and props and a variety of musical styles make the concert a great way to reinforce the connection of math and music.
$201- $350
Handy, Spook America's Ground Breaking Troubadour - Woody Guthrie History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Known as the Dust Bowl Balladeer - Woody Guthrie is America's most prolific folk songwriter of the 20th century. Born in 1912, Woody wrote hundreds, if not thousands, of songs that document the history, culture and concerns of 1930's, 40's and 50's America. His songs are highly educational, extremely fun and very sing-alongable. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places. Pete Seeger covers some of Spook's songs and the two perform together several times per year. Visit www.spookhandy.com for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
$501- $1000
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